Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution

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“Excellent. . . . Tucker’s chronicle of the world of 17th-century science in London and Paris is fascinating.”―The Economist

In December 1667, maverick physician Jean Denis transfused calf’s blood into one of Paris’s most notorious madmen. Days later, the madman was dead and Denis was framed for murder. A riveting exposé of the fierce debates, deadly politics, and cutthroat rivalries behind the first transfusion experiments, Blood Work takes us from dissection rooms in palaces to the streets of Paris, providing an unforgettable portrait of an era that wrestled with the same questions about morality and experimentation that haunt medical science today. 33 illustrations

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Advance Praise for BLOOD WORK

"In Blood Work, Holly Tucker has created a page-turning story of schemers and dreamers, criminals and chemists. The result is a compelling and unusual history of science, and more than that, of ourselves and the unexpected ways that we gain an understanding of our world. Blood Work is both a smart and an addictive read, one of those rare opportunities for readers to learn and be royally entertained at the same time."
--Deborah Blum, author of The Poisoner's Handbook

"Blood Work is fascinating and richly-researched, giving us a gory glimpse of the dawn of our scientific age."
--Carl Zimmer, author of Soul Made Flesh: The Discovery of the Brain and How It Changed the World

"Blood Work is a magnificent story of the heady days when transfusions were first being performed. There is drama, intrigue, discovery and revelation in this tale and the writing is terrific."
--Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone

"Blood Work layers in everything I crave in a nonfiction narrative--big ideas, history, science, suspense, dark secrets, larger than life personalities, life-and-death issues, and a palpable sense of what the past looked, sounded and smelled like. Holly Tucker is fearless in tackling meaty, bloody subjects and nimble at making acute, original connections. Blood Work conjures up the beating heart and ambitious, flawed intellect of a past world."
--David Laskin, author of The Children's Blizzard and The Long Way Home

"At what point does medical experimentation so challenge a community's values that it needs to be shunted aside and hidden? Holly Tucker's marvelous study of blood transfusion makes us realize that the scientific community of seventeenth-century Europe struggled against age-old prejudices and contemporary skepticism alike. This vital story, wrestled out of the archives, brings us into the labs, streets, and scandals of early modern London and Paris. Wise in its judgments and supple in its elegant prose, Blood Work is history with the wallop of a novel, a book that teaches as it entertains.  
--Peter C. Mancall, author of Fatal Journey: The Final Expedition of Henry Hudson--A Tale of Mutiny and Murder in the Arctic

About the Author:

Holly Tucker is a professor in the Department of French and Italian as well is in the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution, which was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist and a Best Book of the Times Literary Supplement and Seattle Times. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and Aix-en-Provence, France.

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